Interviewee: "Mrs. M" Interviewer: Nakita Pasour Date: November 13, 2010. This interviewee chose to contribute her story to the project confidentially. She was born in 1953, in Petersburg, Virginia and grew up in Franklin, Virginia. She began her education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Then, in 1974, she enrolled in a three-year nursing program, the Johnston Willis Hospital School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia. She had a job at this hospital after graduating and soon began working in the ICU.
In the interview, she discusses the career choices for women of her generation. She describes the education, including her classwork, practical experience, instructors, housing, classmates, social life, uniforms, and tuition. She describes the sense of community among student nurses. She explains her decision to work in an Intensive Care Unit, discusses the relationship between her family life and career, and reflects on the changes she has seen in nursing over time.